Definition of draw someone out in English:

draw someone out

phrasal verb

  • Gently or subtly persuade someone to talk or become more expansive.

    ‘she drew me out and flattered me’
    • ‘Delia's final summary: ‘The sessions have been very motivating and positive and Susan and I were on the same wavelength; she made me relaxed and drew me out well.’’
    • ‘But Hill drew him out, helped him clarify his clichés and energise his anecdotes.’
    • ‘Millar draws him out on the concept of reconciliation.’
    • ‘The real question is, what will happen if Paul Bremer draws him out on his approach to democracy?’
    • ‘I don't think there was any problem in drawing Kirk out about any of his dalliances, his affairs.’
    • ‘If he said exactly the same thing in a dozen interviews, it was an indication that reporters were all asking the same questions, and then not drawing him out enough.’
    • ‘And during that time, Bhima transforms Tim's life, drawing him out, teaching him to be a father.’
    • ‘We always have a problem drawing him out, but we keep inviting him back.’
    • ‘‘Mary has been very good with her, drawing her out of herself and making sure she doesn't just hide away in the bedroom,’ she said.’
    • ‘She could never, however, draw Gonzales out on what Juan's secret occupation was.’
    encourage someone to talk, get someone to talk, persuade someone to talk, put someone at their ease
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